Jazz Festival funds scholarships for medical students

By Liz Segrist
Published Aug. 12, 2013

A local nonprofit is nearing its fundraising goal to endow a Medical University of South Carolina scholarship — and a jazz festival could help it get there.

Dr. Thaddeus Bell started the Lowcountry Jazz Festival to improve health care literacy and decrease disparities in minority communities. The festival funds his nonprofit, Closing the Gap in Healthcare, and its scholarship initiative.

Bell needs roughly $10,000 more to endow the $250,000 scholarship for black students attending MUSC.

“I started this festival about five years ago for the benefit of Closing the Gap in Healthcare and now we’re raising funds for scholarships at MUSC for African Americans,” said Bell, a 1976 MUSC graduate and family physician in North Charleston.

Closing the Gap in Health Care Inc. has several programs, such as its health education summits, youth fitness seminars and health e-newsletters, to increase health literacy.

The Lowcountry Jazz Festival will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. Bell seeks donations to continue funding the scholarship in the future, as well as to support future festivals.

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